If the MX series was leaning towards bass, the Audio Technica MSR7b is all about striking the right balance. Rich detailed sound with a mild U signature that sounds near reference quality but pleasing to the ears. Read on for full review
Balanced reference quality with Rich details
Simple black box which holds accessories and the main unit. Nothing very special but you could retain it for long term storage. The outer box has specifications and a few interesting tit bits. Overall nice start to get you to the main item of interest.
A neoprene carrying pouch is included for light protection, but you should invest in a hard case for better protection. Two headphone cables – one with a balanced 4.4 mm connection and one with a standard 3.5 mm connection. Both cables measure 4 ft (1.2 m) and utilize Audio Technica’s A2DC connection type. Booklet of instructions and care
The detachable connectors are great for transport,storage and not to mention replacement when needed.
The build is a combination of metal, synthetic leather and plastic. The color choice makes it look really premium and the build quality is very solid with one single exception. There are tiny creaks when you pick up the headphones but none once you wear it. It could be our particular unit but then we’ve been listening to very expensive gear and probably expect too much.
The ear pads are memory foam and comfortable for long use. They offer decent levels of noise isolation, though not the softest of the ear pads but seem quite durable. The large oval shells can easily cover anybody’s ears comfortably.
36 ohms impedance and loud enough when driven by a phone.
Coming to the crux of the review, these headphones really sound right.
The 45 mm True Motion drivers bring out high frequency treble with just enough softness to avoid fatigue. High frequency ear fatigue is a common problem for most reference quality headphones, as most peoples ears seem to stress out with too much exposure to high frequency. Audio Technica MSR7b has found the sweet spot of tuning to get just enough treble to hear the sparkles but still avoid fatigue.
The mids and low bass are tight and precise. The drivers came out best when we played big band music like Frank Sinatra and Diana Krall, the voices and the brass section were clearly discernible. Jazz voices like Katie Melua and Micahel Buble sounded upfront in a wide soundstage.
The low ends are also good with a good DAC/AMP combo you will be left pleased. EDM folks should watch out as they are not really tuned for overpowering bass, but custom EQs showed us that the drivers can bring out thumping bass if needed.
These headphones tick so many boxes that we can call them beautiful reference quality and affordable headphones. Yes that’s a lot of words but we like it for the way it sounds.